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  1. Sociology of Law Award Nominations Calls

    Distinguished Book Award

    The Sociology of Law Section solicits nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Book Award, recognizing an outstanding book published between 2018 and 2020 in the sociology of law. The committee welcomes nominations, including self-nominations, from section members only. Any book in the sociology of law may be nominated; author-nominees need not be members of the section at the time of nomination, though we encourage nominees to join the section.  However, persons nominating books must be section members at the time of nomination.

  2. Political Sociology Award Nominations Calls

    The Distinguished Career Award in Political Sociology

    The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2020.

    The Distinguished Career Award recognizes and celebrates a lifetime of contributions to the area(s) of political sociology. Nominations will be judged on the depth and breadth of the scholar’s impact on political sociology over the course of their career. Nominees must be at least a quarter of a century beyond graduating with their Ph.D.  Section members may nominate a distinguished scholar by sending:

  3. ASA Total Membership Trend

    Trend in total ASA membership from 1960 through 2019.

  4. ASA Membership by Member Type

    Notes: Associate Members are individuals who do not have full-time appointments in sociology departments, and are not eligible to vote in ASA elections. Excludes Lifetime Members.High School Teacher member category was created in 2018. 

  5. ASA Regular Members by Gender

    Notes: Percentages calculated on members providing data. Some caution should be used in interpreting these figures, since a substantial proportion of members do not complete the demographic items. Beginning in 2014 members could specify non-binary gender identities. For regular members, these categories were selected by 0.1 percent in 2014, 0.2 percent in 2015, 0.8 percent in 2016, 0.5 percent in 2017, 1.2% in 2018, and 1.2 percent in 2019.

  6. Ideas for Future Research

    Call for Submissions: Ideas for Future Research Roundtables (formerly Informal Discussion Roundtables)

    No formal papers are presented at the Ideas for Future Research Roundtable session. These are primarily networking roundtables valuable to those who are developing a new set of ideas or formulating issues and who would like to have these explored further by colleagues with similar interests.

  7. Open Refereed Roundtables

    Open Refereed Roundtables

    Paper submissions for Open Refereed Roundtables must meet the same submission criteria as for Regular Sessions. The Open Refereed Roundtables format organizes paper at a table by a general topic identified for each table. A table presider coordinates presentations and discussions. Submissions on all topics are welcome.

    No audio-visual is provided for roundtable sessions.

    To submit:

  8. Featured Essay: Preventing Violence: Insights from Micro-Sociology

    Micro-sociology of violence looks at what happens in situations where people directly threaten violence, but only sometimes carry it out. This process and its turning points have become easier to see in the current era of visual data: cell-phone videos, long-distance telephoto lenses, CCTV cameras. New cues and instruments are on the horizon as we look at emotional signals, body rhythms, and monitors for body signs such as heart rate (a proxy for adrenaline level).
  9. Review Essay: See It with Figures

    The short story is that Kieran Healy’s Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction is a gentle introduction to the effective display of social science data using the R package ggplot2. It is beautifully put together, achingly clear, and effective.
  10. Review Essay: What Should Historical Sociologists Do All Day? Starving the Beast, the Reagan Tax Cuts, and Modes of Historical Explanation

    Monica Prasad, along with collaborators like Isaac Martin and Ajay Mehrotra (e.g., Martin, Mehrotra, and Prasad 2009), has made fiscal sociology—the sociology of taxation—a thriving part of the discipline. Her first book showed how different national patterns of taxation help explain the variable strength of neoliberalism across nations (Prasad 2006). Her second identified progressive taxation as key to producing both democratized credit and a weak welfare state in the United States (Prasad 2012).